'Rat' Lindsey Graham Endorses 'Ratatouille' Ted Cruz

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham endorsed Ted Cruz for president on Thursday, raising eyebrows for many who remember Graham as one of Cruz's harshest critics.

Yes, this is the same Lindsey Graham who said Ted Cruz could be shot and killed on the floor of the Senate and nobody would notice. He also said choosing between Cruz and Donald Trump is "like choosing between being shot or poisoned."

Makes total sense right?

Well, not for everybody. Friday on The Glenn Beck Program, co-hosts Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere struggled to understand why Glenn loves the endorsement.

"I heard it yesterday and I'm like, 'This is fantastic,'" Glenn said. "Pat reads it, and he's like, 'He should just shut up.'"

Pat couldn’t help but share what his response would have been.

"Yeah, I said he should tell him, 'No, thank you. No. I mean, that's really sweet and everything. No,'" Pat said.

Ever the pragmatist, Stu eventually came around.

"I mean, it is good that people --- you want the establishment to detest you, but eventually to be okay throwing the money that is donated to, you know, the party. And you want the apparatus behind you, if you can get it," Stu said.

Typically, you wouldn’t want to compare the candidate you are out stumping for to a rat, but Glenn shared his best Ratatouille analogy and took a slight shot at Lindsey Graham in the process.

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"Here's you all have to know: In Ratatouille, there's a good rat. And there's some bad rats, okay? Just imagine that the bad rat is Lindsey Graham. Got it? I know that's hard to imagine Lindsey Graham as a nasty, weasely little dirty rat," Glenn said.

"Ratatouille the whole time was saying, 'Hey, I'm going to be a chef, and I'm going to work in the kitchen.' And all of the bad rats were like, 'We're not working in the kitchen. We're rats. We're going to steal the food. That's what we do. We're going to live in the sewers.' And he's like, 'No, we're going to clean our hands, and I'm going to work in the kitchen.'"

It’s actually not too difficult to picture Washington D.C. politicians as rats, but what would be a miracle is to get them all to follow a "chef" that actually knows what he’s doing.

"None of the other rats wanted to work in the kitchen. But at some point at the end, all of the rats were, 'Okay. Put me in the steamer. Clean me. Fluff my hair up. I'll work in the kitchen,'" Glenn said.

Leave it to Stu however, to take the analogy literally.

"But then the country gets their food made by a rat?" Stu said.

"Okay, it's got some holes in it. It's just off the top of my head. It's not something I worked out in advance," Glenn said. "Yeah, they washed their hands. They're fine. And everything works out in the end. I think they lose the restaurant and everything else because there were rats working in the kitchen. But, again, let's not think this through."

Featured Image: Senator Lindsey Graham is interviewed by Dana Bash during CNN's Politics On Tap at Walnut Brewery on October 27, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. 25763_001 (Photo by Jason Bahr/Getty Images for CNN)

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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